Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Author: Mariam Mosalamy

“Love in the Air” is the first piece of artwork to be sold in cryptocurrency

Sotheby’s first allowed cryptocurrency as a way to pay for a work of art, as on Wednesday it sold a Banksy piece of art for $ 9.12 million.

The protest plaque “Love in the Air” showing a black and white masked figure standing ready to throw a batch of colorful flowers was sold after four bidders competed for 14 minutes, Sotheby’s tweeted.

The auction house has partnered with the cryptocurrency exchange “Coinbase” to accept Bitcoin and Ether as a method of payment.

Bids were placed in US dollars, but the buyer had the opportunity to pay using the cryptocurrency for the first time.

Sotheby’s said the sale paves the way for it to accept cryptocurrencies through its auctions and continues its experiments with new technologies.

Before facing City … Pochettino reassures the St Germain fans about Mbappe’s injury

Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino reassured fans of his club about the injury of Kylian Mbappe, in the match in which the French league leaders beat Metz.

After the match, the Argentine coach said that the striker of his team and the French national team “suffered a strong blow in the thigh,” stressing, “Nothing dangerous. He is fine and he will be with us on Wednesday.”

Kylian Mbappe suffered the injury during the match, which his club, Paris Saint-Germain, beat Metz 3-1, after which the latter was forced to leave the field in the 87th minute.

Next Wednesday, the Parisian team will face Manchester City in the Champions League semi-finals, and Paris Saint-Germain will try to qualify for the final for the second time in a row.

Indian actress Katrina Kaif infected with Coronavirus

Indian actress Katrina Kaif, 37, announced today, Tuesday, that she has been infected with the Coronavirus.

The network “NDTV” reported that Katrina revealed her infection with the virus through her page on the Instagram site to share photos.

Katrina wrote, “I have tested positive for the Coronavirus. I immediately self-isolate, and I will be isolated at my home.”

“I follow all safety protocols as per the advice of my doctors,” she added.

And Katrina demanded that everyone who interacted with her in the recent period undergo a coronavirus test.

Actor Vicky Koshal, who is reported to have a romantic relationship with Katrina, announced yesterday, Monday, that he had been infected with the Coronavirus.

India is witnessing a significant increase in cases of infection with the Coronavirus, as it recorded more than 100,000 daily cases of Coronavirus yesterday, while it is the highest death toll since the beginning of the Corona pandemic.

Coronavirus also infected a number of Bollywood stars, as actor Ranbir Kapoor and actress Alia Bhatt were infected with the virus, and actors Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar, who was transferred to the hospital a few days ago, were also infected recently.

Egypt .. The official announcement of the series “The King” raises controversy

The series “The King” by the Egyptian actor Amr Youssef has sparked widespread controversy during the past hours, as soon as the advertisement for the work was broadcast, in preparation for its release in the upcoming Ramadan drama season, as the audience’s comments varied about the hero of work, as well as the decoration, clothes, costumes, and others.

On the other hand, all of the work makers remained silent and not delve into the controversy sparked by the advertisement.

The series, based on a novel by the late international writer Naguib Mahfouz, called “Good Struggle”, and its events revolve around the story of King “Ahmose”, his liberation of southern and northern Egypt, and the expulsion of the “Hyksos” from Thebes.

Meghan Markle’s father asks to meet Oprah Winfrey

The Duchess of Sussex’s father, Thomas Markle, says he is currently ready to talk to Oprah Winfrey, in a format similar to the recent interview with Prince Harry and his wife Markle.

The father reportedly delivered a message to a talk show host and media mogul hoping to sit down with him after her surprise encounter with his daughter Megan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry.

According to a report in the British newspaper “The Sun”, Markle was said to have gone over the weekend to Winfrey’s home in Montecito, California, and handed a note to her security guard that reportedly requested an interview with him about his relationship with his daughter Megan. However, no statement was made by Winfrey regarding the interview request.

According to the circulating news, Meghan’s father, who is a retired lighting manager in Hollywood, 76, has not spoken to his daughter since before her marriage to Prince Harry, nor has he ever met his daughter-in-law or grandson Archie.

Facebook is considering launching a version of Instagram for children under the age of 13

After launching a copy of the Messenger Kids program to chat with children, the social network “Facebook” intends to launch a version of the Instagram application for children under the age of 13 years, with the aim of using it safely for the first time.

The social network, Facebook, is considering launching a version of the Instagram photo-sharing app for children under the age of 13. “I am pleased to announce that from now on we have made working with young people a priority for Instagram and have added them to our list of H1 priorities,” BuzzFeed News, a technology-focused website, quoted Vishal Shah, deputy product manager at Instagram, as saying in a message on the company’s intranet.

Shah added, “We will build a new pillar for youth within the community product portfolio to focus on two things: the first is to accelerate integrity and privacy work to ensure the best possible experience for teens and the second to launch a version of Instagram that allows people under the age of 13 to use Instagram safely for the first time.” It is reported that children under the age of 13 cannot use the Instagram application.

What happens to the lung of a person infected with Coronavirus?

Although the new Corona virus has infected more than 1.27 million people worldwide, 80% of these cases have mild symptoms.

The World Health Organization confirmed that 80% of the injured recover, noting that every 6 infected person suffers from severe symptoms that reach pneumonia.

Dr. Gon Wilson, president-elect of the Australian Royal College of Physicians and a respiratory physician, in turn, assured the “Guardian” newspaper that all serious infections of the Coronavirus suffer from pneumonia.

Wilson added that people who contract the virus can be classified into four categories, the first being people who are infected with the virus but do not have symptoms, and it is the least dangerous.

And the second category is those who are infected with the virus and its symptoms in the upper respiratory tract such as fever, cough, and headache, and these are able to transmit the infection without knowledge.

As for the third category, it represents the largest number of people infected with the Coronavirus, and they are the people with whom the virus develops to become more like seasonal influenza and are unable to work, so it requires their transfer to hospitals.

While the fourth category includes people with pneumonia.

Wilson pointed out that in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the virus outbreak, a study found that among those who tested positive for the virus, nearly 6% had severe symptoms.

While the World Health Organization has confirmed that the elderly and people who suffer from underlying problems such as high blood pressure, heart and lung problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious diseases.

How does pneumonia develop?
As for the stages of development of the infection, Wilson emphasized that the symptoms of fever and coughing for a person with Coronavirus occur as a result of the virus reaching the respiratory tree, which are the air passages that connect air between the lungs and the outside.

He said that viruses infect the lining of the respiratory system and cause a wound in it, which causes inflammation, and this, in turn, irritates the nerves in the lining of the airway, and it appears in the radiation as a patch of dust, which causes coughing.

He added: “If this worsens, which is what happens in the fourth category, it goes beyond the lining of the airway and goes to the gas exchange units, which are at the end of the airways. If these units are injured, they respond by pouring an inflammatory substance into the air sacs located in the Bottom of the lungs. “

He stressed that if the air sacs become inflamed, this causes an “influx of inflammatory materials (fluids and inflammatory cells) into the lungs and ends up with pneumonia, and thus the lung becomes unable to get enough oxygen into the bloodstream, which reduces the body’s ability to absorb oxygen and get rid of carbon dioxide, and ultimately cause death.

He also stressed that this pneumonia differs from the rest of pneumonia caused by viruses and bacteria, indicating that there is evidence that pneumonia caused by Covid-19 may be severe.

He added that this inflammation affects all parts of the lungs, not small parts, as known infections do.

He said that as soon as we have an infection in the lung, our bodies try to respond, and they struggle to destroy the virus and limit its reproduction, but this response weakens between one person and another, including the elderly and people who suffer from heart, lung, liver, kidney and diabetes diseases, and therefore these are considered The groups most at risk from the virus.

As for the treatment for this infection, said Dr. Christine Jenkins, President of the Australian Lung Foundation and a respiratory physician: “Unfortunately, we do not yet have anything that can prevent people from contracting pneumonia caused by the Coronavirus.”

She added: “Scientists are already testing all kinds of drugs and we hope to discover that there are different combinations of viral and antiviral drugs that can be effective, but at the present time, there is no existing treatment other than supportive treatment, which is what we provide to people in intensive care.”

She said: “We put the patient on respirators to maintain high levels of oxygen in the body so that the lung can function normally again and recover.”

Chloe Gao wins the Golden Globe as the best Asian director

Director Chloe Gao became the first Asian woman to win a Golden Globe Award for Best Director, for her movie “Nomadland”, and she is also the second woman to win the award after Barbara Streisand in 1984.

Director Chloe Gao, the first Asian woman to win a Golden Globe thanks to her film “Nomadland”, found herself on Saturday in the heart of controversy in China that may prevent her from showing her film in her native country.

“Nomadland”, which deals with a group of contemporary “hippies” roaming the United States in their buses, emerged victorious Sunday during the distribution of the “Golden Globe”, one of the most prominent American film awards.

The film won the Best Dramatic Film Award, and its director Chloe Gao, 38, won the Best Direction Award.

Born in Beijing and based in the United States, Gao became the first Asian woman in Golden Globe history to win the Best Director award. She is also the second woman to win this award, after Barbara Streisand in 1984.

The award raised admiration in China at the weekend, as local media published many articles praising the “Chinese director”, which were described as “national pride.”

Soon, however, there was a resumption of statements attributed to Chloe Gao in an interview published by an American magazine in 2013 that included criticism of her mother country.

The director confirmed, according to what is shown by the presumed screen shot of this article, that China is “a place dominated by lies.” In another interview spread on social media, she said, “The United States has become my country.”

The statements attributed to the director do not appear on the websites of the media with which she was supposed to be interviewed. But it sparked a wave of condemnation in China, where some netizens described Chloe Gao Saturday as a “traitor”.

FILE – Chloe Zhao poses for a portrait during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Jan. 22, 2018. Zhao accepted the award for best director for a motion picture for “Nomadland” at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File)

The hashtag “Nomadland” is no longer present on the Chinese social network “Weibo”, but talks about the film and its director remained without apparent censorship.

“Nomadland” is scheduled to be released officially in China on April 23. However, this date is no longer apparent on the main platforms in the country and the release of the film has become uncertain, according to “Freight” magazine on Friday.

American Express’ Just Released Global Report Reveals Travel Trends For 2021

A year after world travel abruptly shut down due to the pandemic, American Express is releasing its latest research on grounded travelers’ sentiments about getting back on the road. In the most basic terms: they can’t wait. The American Express Travel: Global Travel Trends Report compiled in seven major markets including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and India found that 76% of respondents are actively creating wish lists of where they want to go when they can and 87% are using that as motivation, giving them something to look forward to.

Where do they want to go? For many, prime destinations are cities with active culinary reputations since culinary travel, on the upswing in recent years, shows no signs of abating. 62% of respondents list eating as their major focus on the next trip. For U.S. travelers, Miami (which, apart from its own dining scene, is currently the site of an influx of major New York restaurants opening outposts such as Carbone, Cote, and Red Rooster;) San Francisco; Chicago, and Houston are the main draws. International travelers are planning trips to Singapore, Mexico City, and Tokyo.

privacy, a key component in the social distanced traveling that did occur in 2020, is also not going away as an important element in travel plans. 75% responded that ultimate privacy is vital in luxury travel plans along with personalized experiences and high cleanliness standards. The good news for travel agents is that 59% indicated that they would use a travel organizer to arrange and customize their next trip instead of doing it themselves. 80% also indicated that they’re willing to go to destinations off-season when they’re less crowded and 69% expressed interest in going to lesser-known destinations or second cities instead of a country’s more famous ones. As Dino Michael, Senior Vice President and Global Category Head of Hilton Luxury Brands explains, “Privacy, exclusivity, and wellness have been pushed to the forefront as consumers look for more intimate, impactful, and purposeful travel. Luxury travel continues to blur the lines between the desire for privacy and experiential opportunities.”

Investors’ shunning of major tech companies is costing Tesla about $ 300 billion in market value

Shares of electric car manufacturer Tesla, which was the best performer in the Standard & Poor’s Index last year, tumbled to their lowest level in three months, on Monday, with the recovery of the broader market, which indicates that the technology stock market, which has witnessed a period From the recent boom, it may decline once the post-pandemic spending drives growth in other sectors.

FILE PHOTO: The logo of car manufacturer Tesla is seen at a branch office in Bern, Switzerland October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo/File Photo

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose more than 400 points Monday afternoon, while Tesla shares fell by as much as 6%, as the passage of President Joe Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion stimulus plan on Saturday prompted investors to direct investors to blue-chip stocks (such as General Electric, up 4%) and away from major tech companies.
Tesla shares plunged 20% last week alone, after tumbling 8%, Thursday, when billionaire money manager Ron Barron told CNBC, a long-time large Tesla investor who announced that the stock could swell thirty times over his lifetime, that he had taken The “painful” decision to sell 1.8 million shares for “risk management”.
Although Barron stressed that prices could rise to about $ 2,000 over the next decade, he said that this step helped reduce risks in his portfolios after Tesla’s stock increased nearly 20-fold since he began buying shares in 2014, echoing the concerns of other experts. On the increasing volatility of stocks.
Tesla’s stock sell-off increased after Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said on Thursday that inflation will rise as the economy recovers, a development that led to higher Treasury yields and a stock crash.
Analyst Opinions
“Higher yields tend to knock out higher equity values ​​even more strongly,” Lindsay Bell, chief investment strategist at Ally Invest, said in a note on Thursday. “That’s why we’ve seen stocks like Tesla and Peloton drop more than 30% this year.”

Concerns about price rises have also affected the Ark Invest ETF, which has grown in popularity as technology dominates its “change-in innovation” investments but is now facing multiple losses and increasing investor exits.

Facts and figures
Tesla, which makes up about 1.5% of Standard & Poor’s shares, was among the ten worst-performing stocks on the index on Monday. Other underperforming companies include Apple and Alphabet, both of which are down around 3%. Although it is still up by 365% compared to last year, Tesla has fallen 35% since its highest level on January 26, and during the same period, the S&P has been at a nearly flat level.
Tesla has lost about $ 308 billion of its market value since January 26, when the company was valued at about $ 848 billion. CEO and Chairman Elon Musk’s net worth is estimated to be roughly $ 145 billion, according to Forbes.
In a note to clients on Tuesday, Bank of America said: In February, value stocks outperformed growth stocks like Tesla by the widest margin since the dot-com bubble burst in 2000. While the weak performance among growth stocks was led by the top five: Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, and Tesla, which fell 5% last month.
Markets have seen some earnings panic in recent weeks, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell as much as 1,000 points in late February, as returns reached their highest level in one year. Fed Governor Lyle Brainard became one of the first central bankers in the United States to voice concerns about rising yields and said at a conference that this latest boom “caught her attention” significantly, earlier this month.
The Fed will likely come under pressure to raise historically low-interest rates in order to contain yields if they continue to grow, but experts have warned that any such tightening could send stocks lower. “The difficulty today is that we are now facing the most interest-sensitive stock market in Wall Street history,” Jim Stack, president of InvesTech Research, a company based in Whitefish, Montana, told Forbes in February.

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